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Subaru Legacy vs. Honda Accord Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Subaru Legacy or Honda Accord reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Subaru Legacy and Honda Accord reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2015 Subaru Legacy 47 Legacys, 2.8 months of data per Legacy, average 3000 miles27
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Honda Accord 113 Accords, 7.4 months of data per Accord, average 7600 miles13
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Subaru Legacy 70 Legacys, 9.1 months of data per Legacy, average 9200 miles13
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Honda Accord 145 Accords, 10.0 months of data per Accord, average 17400 miles

Redesigned.
8
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Legacy 120 Legacys, 9.7 months of data per Legacy, average 23100 miles22
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Accord 38 Accords, 9.9 months of data per Accord, average 27500 miles3
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Legacy 107 Legacys, 10.1 months of data per Legacy, average 34400 miles16
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Honda Accord 35 Accords, 8.0 months of data per Accord, average 49800 miles17
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Legacy 144 Legacys, 9.9 months of data per Legacy, average 47300 miles23
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Accord 48 Accords, 8.6 months of data per Accord, average 50900 miles23
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Legacy 107 Legacys, 9.8 months of data per Legacy, average 60800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
29
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Accord 49 Accords, 8.6 months of data per Accord, average 68400 miles20
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Legacy 57 Legacys, 9.2 months of data per Legacy, average 68600 miles87
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Accord 84 Accords, 9.5 months of data per Accord, average 73100 miles

Redesigned.
30
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Legacy 60 Legacys, 9.1 months of data per Legacy, average 79800 miles

Starting to see head gasket failures with the 2008s. A common problem with previous model years.
74
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Accord 106 Accords, 9.1 months of data per Accord, average 89500 miles30
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Legacy 45 Legacys, 10.3 months of data per Legacy, average 82100 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
70
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Honda Accord 77 Accords, 9.4 months of data per Accord, average 104400 miles38
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Subaru Legacy 64 Legacys, 9.8 months of data per Legacy, average 95200 miles

Muliple reports of problems with head gaskets, cv joint boots, sway bar links, and wheel bearings.
97
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Accord 66 Accords, 8.3 months of data per Accord, average 119400 miles42
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Legacy 100 Legacys, 9.1 months of data per Legacy, average 101400 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most common problems involve struts, wheel bearings, steering pump, CV joints.
86
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Accord 68 Accords, 8.9 months of data per Accord, average 128500 miles61
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Legacy 25 Legacys, 8.0 months of data per Legacy, average 128400 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
72
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Honda Accord 75 Accords, 7.6 months of data per Accord, average 137800 miles

Redesigned.
85
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Subaru Legacy 33 Legacys, 8.9 months of data per Legacy, average 150500 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
111
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Honda Accord 40 Accords, 9.0 months of data per Accord, average 142700 miles70
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Subaru Legacy   17 Legacys, 8.7 months of data per Legacy, average 142400 miles

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2001 Honda Accord 43 Accords, 8.6 months of data per Accord, average 164200 miles46
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Subaru Legacy 27 Legacys, 9.0 months of data per Legacy, average 164800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
64
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Honda Accord 44 Accords, 7.7 months of data per Accord, average 159900 miles35
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Subaru Legacy   17 Legacys, 7.3 months of data per Legacy, average 176600 miles

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1999 Honda Accord   23 Accords, 6.1 months of data per Accord, average 165800 miles

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1999 Subaru Legacy   15 Legacys, 4.5 months of data per Legacy, average 166000 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Subaru Legacy

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
We keep cars for 10 years or more. I expect to drive this one for the next 15.
2010 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Had the previous model. I never had any problems, it was a solid car, as all Subarus seem to be.
2010 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
You see many Subarus still on the road. I have heard many stories of these vehicles still running great with high mileage.
2009 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Like most Japanese cars the Subaru is known for being reliable and durable. I have owned this vehicle for just over a year and with the exception of a leaky transmission line (assembly error) it has only required regular maintenance.
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
subaru has been using the same basic engine design for years. the design is tested and proven to be very durable.
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
proven engine and awd
2008 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I beat the piss out of my car - but it still keeps coming back for more. The only problem I had was a wheel bearing going bad. This was fixed under warranty.
2007 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Low maintenance, tough enough to base a heavy duty version of the car, think Outback, will go hundreds of thousands of miles if you just remember to do the recommended maintenance.
2006 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Very dependable.
2006 4dr Wagon turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Here in Canada, we see extremes in temperatures. It gets very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. You need a car that is built tough.
Subaru Legacy Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Many more problems than any other Subaru I have owned. Lots of fit and finish issues along with failing wheel bearings and bad fuel injectors.
2002 4dr Wagon 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
Annual repairs have nearly doubled price paid for vehicle; substantial engine problems; none of the 4 recalls addressed engine issues.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Accord

Honda Accord Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 2dr Coupe 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
Our past Hondas have been the most reliable cars we've owned. I would expect the Accord Coupe to be much more reliable long-term than the Volkswagen.
2011 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Now approaching 140,000 miles and other than 2 sets of tires, only cost has been maintenance as called for by Miantenance Minder. I drove an 2008 Accord to 150,000 and passed on to a family member with similar experience (although brakes had been replaced).
2010 2dr Coupe 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Reputation....Still new I have no personal experience
2010 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Wife had an Accord from 2000 and very little ever went wrong with it until it dropped the transmission July 2009. No brainer to get another one to serve as the every-day family car.
2010 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
After owning and repairing many European cars, it is comforting to know that the Accord is much more likely than not to have extraordinary reliability and durability. It is a calming feeling.
2010 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
I drove each of my Accords for more than 14 years with no major repairs.
2009 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Amazing reliability track record
2009 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Consumer Reports and many owner reviews confirm the Accord is a reliable car, maintaining its pluses even after high mileage.
2009 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
same as above
2009 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Honda Accord Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
window and trunk rattles
2006 2dr Coupe 244-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
This car has been at the dealer almost once every couple of months, it feels like the car is just falling apart in my hands. Just the other day the power window controls fell out of the door. The transmission sometimes refuses to go into gear from Park
2006 4dr Sedan 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
My issue with the accord is at 38,000 miles I was told I had a broken motor mount. I am not sure why or how a broken motor mount would occur in under 3 years of ownership. I found that annoying because the car was maintained and not beaten on and this happens. Nothing better than coughing up $700.00 just before your child is born.
2006 4dr Sedan 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Another issue I had was around 60,000 miles, I had to replace the power steering pump. I heard this whine sound from under my hood and next thing I know, I am coughing up another $500 to replace the pump. I had all the fluids changed when recommended and this still happened. Between the motor mount and power steering pump, I have spent $1300 more on this accord than I did on my 99 Camry.
2003 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
cold start valve or cylinder slap after 53K miles
2002 2dr Coupe 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I bought the car so I could drive it, change the oil, and keep driving it. But from faulty fog lights, worn radio controls, two transmissions, two alternators, and numerous rattles, I have not reached my goal of maintenance-free driving and quality.